What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management is how we come together to minimize the impact that various emergencies have on our communities. You can think of it as a big circle that takes you through stages we call mitigation, preparedness, response & recovery.
- Mitigation is identifying possible disasters and working to reduce or eliminate their dangers & risks.
- Preparedness is getting ready for disasters BEFORE they happen.
- Response is helping those affected by the disaster by focusing on delivery of immediate human needs.
- Recovery is returning everything to the way it was before the disaster. It starts immediately after the dangers have ended.
Emergency Management brings together many resources and puts them together in a flexible & scalable manner to best address the wide range of hazards we can experience.
A common misconception is that Emergency Management takes over response to an emergency or disaster. This is not so; Emergency Management's role in an actual emergency or disaster is to support responders as a resource and lead recovery efforts after response has ended.